APPLIED ACOUSTICS, vol.177, 2021 (SCI-Expanded)
The main purpose of Environmental Noise Directive (2002/49/EC) and noise control studies over the world is to reduce noise annoyance, however, the implementation is focused on reducing solely noise levels. Dose-effect relationships provided by European Commission, linking noise indicators to annoyance levels, are only portraying the situation in several countries. In dose-effect relationships, social, psychological or economic factors, are far more important than acoustic or physical factors. Moreover, many studies have shown that the indicators used do not reflect many aspects of annoyance.